He was a star athlete in high school, playing on his football team and winning a state heavyweight title in wrestling as a senior. During that time he also earned two Master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College. [1] His mother died when he was 10 years old, and dinner often consisted of canned beans or soup. The Giants had not made a postseason appearance in 15 years when Young was hired by the club in 1979. But that always affected him. All of the Giants' close contacts under protocols who remained home Thursday will be back with the team today. George Bernard Young was an American football player, coach, and executive. Three of the finalists will be elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020. Young, who had been the Miami Dolphins' director of player personnel, was hired in February 1979 after NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle offered him as a compromise candidate to the Giants' owners, Wellington Mara and his nephew, Tim, whose relationship had long been fractured. He would be the absolute definition of a Hall of Fame contributor.". Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13 Being with him, personally, was just a joy.". Selected to play in the Blue-Gray game, he was drafted by the Dallas Texans. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. "George kept the scorebook of Calvert Hall High School's basketball team (in his native Baltimore). We went to that together, and then (legendary Baltimore sportswriter) John Steadman's funeral. We've had our ups and downs, but I've never had a bad day.". Young grew up poor in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre. He later said of his Giants' tenure: "I've had a wonderful job here. ©2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame All Rights Reserved. Two years later, Young chose linebacker Lawrence Taylor with the second overall selection in the NFL Draft. Lawrence Taylor named to NFL 100 All-Time Team, Bill Belichick, LT swap stories of Giants days. I hope whatever we all have to look forward to after this life that George will know about this somehow. Young was one of the most successful and highly-respected executives in NFL history. [1] He elected not to have the operation and hope for the best. [4] Young announced his retirement after the 1953 season, when he shared playing time with rookie Doug Atkins at left defensive end. [1] Young barely made the team and played sparingly in the Browns' first season in 1946, when the team won the first AAFC championship. [1], At Fleet City, doctors discovered Young had a large growth of calcium on his right thigh bone. Hall of Fame Experiences’ Official Ticket Packages provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seating, and parties with Pro Football Hall of Famers. Young was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's special Centennial Class of 2020. His first draft choice was a little-known quarterback from Morehead State, Phil Simms, who was the franchise's greatest player at the game's most important position before Eli Manning came along. George Albert Young (born 3 February 1949 in Caulfield, Melbourne) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and Subiaco in the West Australian National Football League (WANFL) during the 1970s. Young, the Giants' general manager from 1979-97, is one of 10 contributors – individuals other than a player or coach – selected as a finalist by a special panel comprised of members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading historians. 1986 NFC – New York Giants 17, Washington Redskins 0 [1], The head of a soft drink bottling company in Wilkes-Barre helped Young get into the University of Georgia, where he played football on the varsity team starting as a freshman.